Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Police upgrade charges against a bikie to murder

 Bloodied clothing led police to body in Kuitpo Forest Police fear tattoo parlour could spark bikie gang war POLICE have upgraded charges against a Finks bikie to murder and say they believe the body found in a shallow grave is that of missing man Michael Varehov. Bloodied clothing found yesterday afternoon at the edge of Kuitpo Forest southeast of Adelaide is what lead police to find a man's body buried in a shallow grave. The discovery by a walker came just hours after police arrested a Finks bikie member with the assault of convicted drug dealer Michael Varehov. Mr Varehov had been missing since Thursday night. Police said he was assaulted and then driven from a Beaumont house. A post-mortem was being conducted today. Police found the man's body last night after examining freshly dug soil in the 5000ha forest southwest of Meadows. Police forensic examiners and SES volunteers returned to the scene today to search for more clues. The burial site is located just a short distance from a popular campsite. Mr Varehov, 45, was jailed for six years in 1994 for selling heroin in Adelaide's northern suburbs and was one of 18 people arrested over an amphetamine ring in the NSW town of Dubbo in 2004. Earlier yesterday, Detective Inspector Mark Trenwith revealed police were called to a disturbance in McAllan Ave, Beaumont, late on Thursday night after Mr Varehov was believed to have been taken from the home in a grey Peugeot sedan with registration number BB-713W. "There was evidence of a serious assault and disturbance of some kind, and the crime scene is now being processed by forensic crime-scene experts," Det Insp Trenwith said. He would not comment on how police believe the assault had been carried out or whether weapons had been used. A full member of the Finks had been charged with causing serious harm to Mr Varehov. The 51-year-old has now been charged with murder, refused police bail and will appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Police raided the Finks clubrooms at Thebarton early yesterday but would not comment on what items were seized from the clubhouse. Det Insp Trenwith stressed that Mr Varehov's death was not believed to be part of any ongoing conflict between rival gangs. "There doesn't appear to be conflict between outlaw motorcycle gangs but (this) appears to be the result of the unlawful activities of those gangs," he said.

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